We hear about it almost every day, but we never suspect that our data will be stolen. Yet between May 16 and May 31, 2016, hackers have compromised more than 300 million accounts. The reality is that our virtual identities are more fragile that we like to admit. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be computer savvy to understand the two main ways that cybercriminals access data illegally:
Cybercriminal Trick #1: Tricking you into using malware to access your system and data.
In the modern workplace, it is easy to set up shop at home or when travelling, without checking to see if you are on a secure network or that your computer is protected. To guarantee that you are not only taking the correct precautions to avoid a cyberattack, but also protecting the data of the company you work for, follow the steps below:
Simple Solution: Make sure all electronics in your home and office have the latest firewalls and anti-virus software installed, and be careful about the types of websites you visit and the emails you open. If a website or email looks suspicious, it is likely a phishing scam so you should avoid downloading any email attachments or providing any personal information.
Cybercriminal Trick #2: Hacking directly into your accounts by accessing your passwords.
Password hacking is a way for hackers to directly access your email, social, and financial accounts. This is an especially easy technique to use against individuals who have overly simple passwords or who do not change default computer, modem, or Wi-Fi router passwords upon purchase.
Simple Solution: Change all default passwords upon purchase of new equipment and software, create a mandatory strict company password policy, and use a cloud-based data protection system, such as the Cyphre Encryption Gateway.
If large companies such as Target, JP Morgan, and Verizon can become victims of cyberattacks, then the risk is even higher for small to medium businesses and individuals. These simple solutions can help you maintain a secure environment in your workplace and ward off cybercriminals who are always looking for the easiest way to exploit your data.